700 Students in Feeding Programs Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00

Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education helps distribute food.  Satellite Kitchen StaffOver 700 students from the south side of Belize City are benefitting from the Southside School Meals Program that was officially launched by Hon. Patrick Faber on Tuesday, May 7th. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has targeted 13 primary schools in the city to be part of this pilot program that they hope to roll out nationally in the near future. Those schools are Calvary Temple School, Friends Boys School, Grace Primary School, Living Hope Preparatory School, Muslim Community School, Queen Square Anglican School, Salvation Army, St Ignatius School, St. Luke’s Methodist School, St. Martins Depores School, Unity Presbyterian School, Wesley Upper School and the Skills Training Center.

The meals are prepared and packaged inside the “Satellite Kitchen” at the Magazine Road Skills Training Center and distributed to the different schools across the city. The Ministry works in collaboration with the Nutrition Department of the Ministry of Health to ensure that the meals provided to the students are nutritiously balanced. The students that are in the program also receive vitamins and dental services. Minister Faber said that it is a program he wanted to implement from day one because he has been extremely concerned about the large number of students, who attend schools regularly without having something to eat and those who choose not to attend school for that very reason. He said, “We are hoping that this program provides a strong foundation and good solid start so that our students can perform and develop because we understand the saying in creole ‘empty krokus bag kyaant stan up’.” 

There is also a meals program in the Belize River Valley. The 8 schools in the Belize River Valley were amalgamated to form one primary school and the Ministry of Education provides meals for students of that institution. In that program, meals are prepared and distributed to Double Head Cabbage, Flowers Bank and Rancho Dolores Village. Almost 300 students benefit from the River Valley program. On Wednesday, May 8th, the Ministry of Education also launched the Dangriga School Meals Program in which 6 schools from Dangriga Town is benefiting.  

Minister Faber commended Dara Robinson and Zebedee Pitterson for their efforts in feeding school children in Belize City. He also made a plea for more parents to get involved in the program and the overall development agenda of the Ministry. He closed by saying, “I know that others will ask, ‘what about my district?’ And to them I say it is coming soon.”